Spruce up this spring with our tips to save energy
Take advantage of natural light, recycle what you don't need, and look for energy-efficient appliances
If spring for you is a chance to clean up, declutter and tackle some projects around the home and garden, it can be daunting to look at the to-do list of things that you need to do and purchase.
And if you're trying to keep your energy use in check or be more environmentally-friendly this year, spring cleaning can make it tough to reach those goals.
We have some tips to help you manage your list and your green goals this year.
If your plans involve cleaning out closets and cabinets and getting rid of what you no longer need, you can reduce wasted energy while you reduce the clutter.
- Recycle electronics, small appliances, toys and more for free. Items that you no longer need can be using standby power, in addition to taking up space.
- Clear up cords and cables in your television area by using a smart strip.
- Furniture, larger appliances, and tools are all great items to consider selling on services such as Craigslist or Kijiji. If you're purchasing new appliances this spring, watch for deals on select qualifying ENERGY STAR® appliances later this spring.
- Take advantage of more spring sunlight by opening blinds and window coverings during the day, particularly on south-facing windows. If you need more light in your home, select ENERGY STAR LEDs for your fixtures and lamps. They save energy and provide the same light as traditional incandescent bulbs, which are no longer available in 40 and 60 watt bulbs. Plus, you can get great deals on ENERGY STAR lighting at retailers across B.C., starting April 1.
- If you're planning to redecorate or renovate, remember to dispose of items such as paint and chemical cleaners at your community's hazardous waste disposal centre. And for larger renovations, such as replacing your insulation, heating system or windows, check out the rebates available on energy-efficiency improvements. There are up to $6,000 in rebates available for a range of renovations.
Don't forget to vacuum the hard to reach spots
And for those cleaning chores on your list, such as vacuuming, remember to empty your vacuum cleaner's dust collector regularly to ensure it's running efficiently. When the dust collectors are full, the vacuum has to work harder to pick up dirt and find space for it inside. The longer you use the vacuum, the more energy it uses.
Consider unplugging your refrigerator and vacuuming the dust from the back or bottom coils twice a year.
Win an ENERGY STAR Samsung washer and dryer
Tell us how you're tackling spring cleaning and other projects this year for your chance to win great prizes. You could even win a Samsung ENERGY STAR washer and dryer. Visit powersmart.ca to select some spring changes that you're ready to make and enter to win.